Thursday, April 17, 2014

Days of Wine and Wildflowers

When the weather is cool and overcast, we like to escape inland - which we did on Tuesday.

Steve needed to pick up his weekly supply of wine at Firestone Vineyards-

 - just kidding! 

Foley Family Wines licensed the images of 8 paintings for wine labels and part of the contract is 2 cases of each wine when there is a new bottling.

While Steve took care of business, Lulu and I walked around the vineyard.

The courtyard was empty except for us so Lulu was able to run on the grass

while I enjoyed the reds and purples dotting the space.

We found more color in the wildflowers blooming between the vines.

When I retired, my dream was that my garden would be blooming just like this gorgeous spot at the vineyards.

But, this little girl does not rest so peacefully in my garden so I haven't quite achieved my goal.

For the first time ever, poppies sprouted in the front planter.

And, I can't wait to fill this wheelbarrow which we found on the street  today (with a sign marked FREE) with wildflowers.

I might not achieve the look of the wildflowers at Firestone, but I sure can give it a try.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

CREATE . . . every day

In a class at Craftcation, Kaari Meng of French General challenged us to Create . . . every day.

At first I took that to mean MAKE something every day, 

But reading my favorite blogs and looking at gorgeous photos of homes, gardens, projects, etc., I notice creativity taking many forms.

Anita of Castles Crowns and Cottages creates smiles and evokes memories with the beauty of her words and images.

Lovely linens, delightful dishes and unique flatware are the tools of creativity for Sarah of Hyacinths For The Soul. 

Vera of Row Homes and Cobblestones is a weaver of words.

Mary Alice of Chateau Chic combines simple pieces to create beautiful vignettes.

For Nicole of My Garden Diaries, the garden is her canvas and green is her dominant color.

Ricki of Art @ Home shows her creativity by piquing our interest in books and music.

The creative talents of Daphne of Ivy, Phyllis and Me is detrimental to my lumpy body because every recipe she shares is wonderful.

So today, although I began making Easter baskets for Sunday,

I focused on being CREATIVE rather than making anything.

I cut flowers in the garden

and rearranged tchotchkes on the garden ladder.

I gathered flowers on our morning walk to create a bouquet for the living room.

I tweaked the mantel display and

brought a little bit of Easter to a corner of the living room.

I ended the morning by designing an attractive table setting for whatever delicacies Steve will create for our eating pleasure tonight.

I began to write that I didn't make anything today, but actually,  I used my creativity to "make our house a home".

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Friday, April 11, 2014

The Kindness of Strangers

I am nothing like Blanche Du Bois and have never "depended on the kindness of strangers", but I have been certainly been blessed by the kindness of strangers.

Over the last few month, I received generous gifts from blogging friends and have not yet posted about them.

Sue from House Kaboodle sent me the sweet Valentine towel, but with my color palette and love of hearts, we can use it year round.

I had the time today to play a little with the fun supplies that Kathy of Kluless sent me last month.

I started altering the book, but I knew I had to utilize the title of the book - Try and Stop Me - and I definitely will showcase the dedication in some way.

The 23 Skidoo card is just too fun to put in a book so it is hanging on the wall in my creative space to enjoy and think of Kathy in Portland each time I see it.

Vera of Row Homes and Cobblestones is a new blogger and she was so kind to think of me when she and her husband were visiting Articulture in Philadelphia recently.

I used the grass from the package and the vintage style card in my first bit of Easter display in the house.

I love the packaging on the seeds Vera sent me for my garden.

The artwork on the seed packing is too pretty to not use so I connected Vera and Kathy by gluing the seed packet into my altered book.

And Vera's purchase of the seeds continues the "kindness of strangers" because for each purchase, a packet will be donated for a garden in Philadelphia.

Three people, all strangers to me, but through blogging, now friends.

Although cold outside, it is a beautiful day so I am going to leave my computer to plant my seeds and I will be thinking of these friends and all the other friends I have made through blogging.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Eat Drink & Be Merry

Some days I am more creative than others and today, my creativity was simply in setting a nice table for Steve's meal of beef stroganoff - one of my favorite of his dishes.

Over the last few weeks, I have been organizing the attic and I came across remnants from the summer I made the slipcovers for our sofa.

I took a couple of remnants and tore the fabric to make fringed place mats and painted words on them.

I didn't have fabric to make a third place mat so Be Merry had to be written on a sign.

To add blue to the table, I used my very favorite polka dot Sabre flatware.

With the table set, I had time on my hands before volleyball practice so I headed to TJ Maxx to browse.

I found some really fun tea towels.

Steve doesn't like me to cover up the table he built with tablecloths so the yellow striped tea towel will be used as a table runner - I love the fringe on the edges.

I bought three sets of the Wine Is Happiness tea towels - one for my next door neighbor who shares the same color palette as me and the other two for me to cut up to make placemats.

The aqua set of tea towels will go in KC's Easter basket because they are perfect with her color scheme.

I will leave you with my disaster for the day - making lemon bars from the bag of myers lemons a friend dropped off.

The bars were delicious so I made three plates - one for my next door neighbor, one for my volleyball team and one to take across the street to a neighbor.

I took the plate of lemon bars across the street and when I got back, this is all that was left of the other two plates - 7 lemon bars.

This little face looked up at me - covered with powdered sugar - I guess Lulu thought she should Eat Drink & Be Merry too!

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